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Qualification : BACHELOR OF SOCIAL SCIENCE DEGREE

Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH116

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 01 February 2019

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This is our three-year full-time degree in Community and Youth Work.
 
Community work involves the development and empowerment of communities, and facilitating the active participation of people in addressing issues that affect them collectively. Youth work is based on the same principles as community work but focuses on young people, and is defined in Irish legislation and policy as a process of personal and social development based on voluntary participation and principles of equality and inclusiveness.
 
By taking our degree in Community and Youth Work you will be participating in a programme of professional education and training that engages you as an active participant in your learning while working in solidarity with those affected by human rights denial, poverty and inequality.
 
Choose this degree if you are interested in:
  • Professional education and training that engages you as an active participant;
  • Working in solidarity with those affected by human rights denial, poverty and inequality;
  • Community work - the development and empowerment of communities, and facilitating the active participation of people in addressing issues that affect them collectively;
  • Youth work – focusing on young people (defined in Irish legislation and policy as a process of personal and social development based on voluntary participation and principles of equality and inclusiveness).
A year of study is 60 credits.
  • Both MH116 (full-time) and MH802 (part-time) combine on-campus study of a range of topics relevant to community and youth work with off campus supervised fieldwork practice. Supervised fieldwork in both community work and youth work is essential for all students.
  • MH116 is a full-time, level 8 honours degree in Community and Youth Work - 14 weeks of full-time supervised fieldwork in each year of the degree with the remainder of year full-time on campus.
Course Duration: 3 years (BA)

Graduates are equipped to take up professional employment in a range of community and youth work organisations and agencies - community development projects, local, urban and rural development groups, community youth projects, neighbourhood youth projects and local youth services, as well as organisations concerned with particular groups (e.g. women, Travellers, new communities) or issues (e.g. unemployment, migrant rights, drugs, poverty).
 
Postgraduate options in the Department include an MA in Community and Youth Work, an MA in Applied Social Studies and an MSocSci Social Science (Rights and Social Policy).
This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H7
English Yes O6 H7
Language Yes O6 H7
Math No N/A N/A
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

Restricted application course – apply to the CAO by February 1st 2018. See Restricted Courses for more information.
 
Applicants to be at least 23 years old by 1st January 2018.

Restricted application course – apply to the CAO by February 1st. Any offer of a place on this programme is subject to a satisfactory background check by the National Vetting Bureau.
Restricted application course – apply to the CAO by February 1st. See Restricted Courses for more information.
As this is a restricted course on the CAO, all applicants to MH116 will be requested to submit a personal statement outlining their reasons for wanting to do this course (in no more than 350 words), two written references and information on work experience.
Applicants are invited to attend for a written test in March. Shortlisted applicants are invited to an individual and a group interview in April. All applicants must have relevant and verifiable experience in youth work and/or community work.
Note 1: 50% of places are reserved for appropriately experienced mature students. Note 2: Any offer of a place on this programme is subject to a satisfactory background check by the National Vetting Bureau.

Applicants are asked to bring the following with them on the day of the written assessment:

  •     A personal statement (max 350 words) which addresses :

        Why you are applying for this programme
        Outlining your personal understanding of community work and youth work
        Why you think you would make a good community worker or youth worker?

  •     References (two written references from work or voluntary experience or other involvement)

Only candidates shortlisted after the written assessment and submission of personal statement / references will be invited to attend group and individual interviews which typically take place in April.

At interview stage applicants for the part-time degree (MH802) will be asked to provide employer's consent forms.

Preliminary offers pending matriculation results and completion of all procedures, including vetting by the National Vetting Bureau as per the National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012-2016, are typically made in late May.

Applications typically re-open for MH802 Community & Youth Work (part-time/in-service) through Available Places on the CAO in August.

Please contact the Department of Applied Social Studies at 01-708 3743 / 01-708 4574 or email appliedsocialstudies@mu.ie for further information
Any offer of a place on this programme is subject to a satisfactory background check by the National Vetting Bureau.

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7 and O6/H7 in Irish, English, 3rd language.

Restricted application course – apply to the CAO by February 1st.

Any offer of a place on this programme is subject to a satisfactory background check by the National Vetting Bureau.

As this is a restricted course on the CAO, all applicants to MH116 will be requested to submit a personal statement outlining their reasons for wanting to do this course (in no more than 350 words), two written references and information on work experience.
Applicants are invited to attend for a written test in March. Shortlisted applicants are invited to an individual and a group interview in April. All applicants must have relevant and verifiable experience in youth work and/or community work.
Note 1: 50% of places are reserved for appropriately experienced mature students. Note 2: Any offer of a place on this programme is subject to a satisfactory background check by the National Vetting Bureau.

Applicants are asked to bring the following with them on the day of the written assessment:

  •     A personal statement (max 350 words) which addresses :

        Why you are applying for this programme
        Outlining your personal understanding of community work and youth work
        Why you think you would make a good community worker or youth worker?

  •     References (two written references from work or voluntary experience or other involvement)

Only candidates shortlisted after the written assessment and submission of personal statement / references will be invited to attend group and individual interviews which typically take place in April.

At interview stage applicants for the part-time degree (MH802) will be asked to provide employer's consent forms.

Preliminary offers pending matriculation results and completion of all procedures, including vetting by the National Vetting Bureau as per the National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012-2016, are typically made in late May.

Applications typically re-open for MH802 Community & Youth Work (part-time/in-service) through Available Places on the CAO in August.

Please contact the Department of Applied Social Studies at 01-708 3743 / 01-708 4574 or email appliedsocialstudies@mu.ie for further information

 

The Maynooth Education

Optional Critical Skills and Electives are not available as part of this degree. Click here for details about The Maynooth Education. 
 
HEAR and DARE
 
DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.
 
HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.
 

Restricted application course – apply to the CAO by February 1st. See Restricted Courses for more information.

The Department of Applied Social Studies writes to applicants for MH116 and MH802 in mid-March inviting them to attend a written assessment in Maynooth University in March 2019.

Any offer of a place on this programme is subject to a satisfactory background check by the National Vetting Bureau.
As this is a restricted course on the CAO, all applicants to MH116 will be requested to submit a personal statement outlining their reasons for wanting to do this course (in no more than 350 words), two written references and information on work experience.
Applicants are invited to attend for a written test in March. Shortlisted applicants are invited to an individual and a group interview in April. All applicants must have relevant and verifiable experience in youth work and/or community work.
Note 1: 50% of places are reserved for appropriately experienced mature students. Note 2: Any offer of a place on this programme is subject to a satisfactory background check by the National Vetting Bureau.

Applicants are asked to bring the following with them on the day of the written assessment:

    A personal statement (max 350 words) which addresses :
        Why you are applying for this programme
        Outlining your personal understanding of community work and youth work
        Why you think you would make a good community worker or youth worker?
    References (two written references from work or voluntary experience or other involvement)

Only candidates shortlisted after the written assessment and submission of personal statement / references will be invited to attend group and individual interviews which typically take place in April.

At interview stage applicants for the part-time degree (MH802) will be asked to provide employer's consent forms.

Preliminary offers pending matriculation results and completion of all procedures, including vetting by the National Vetting Bureau as per the National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012-2016, are typically made in late May.

Applications typically re-open for MH802 Community & Youth Work (part-time/in-service) through Available Places on the CAO in August.

Please contact the Department of Applied Social Studies at 01-708 3743 / 01-708 4574 or email appliedsocialstudies@mu.ie for further information
Any offer of a place on this programme is subject to a satisfactory background check by the National Vetting Bureau.

The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students

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